Welcome back to the new spring term. We feel very lucky to have such a beautiful environment for our pupils that offers so many natural resources for cross curricular learning. Our pond and woodland area is a feature that not many schools have and we make very good use of this throughout the year, come rain or shine, as part of our outdoor learning; as well as a valuable resource for learning in a range of other subjects.
We began this term with our cluster INSET which was led by Hywel Roberts from Barnsley who has an infectious sense of northern humour as he retells his experiences of teaching in Yorkshire schools. He is part of a group of professionals in Independent Thinking, giving many talks and training sessions across the country; Wokingham headteachers first met him last year at our annual conference. He has a passion for teaching and is inspirational in his approach to learning which we found very much matched our ‘Learning to Think and Thinking to Learn’ philosophy. He spoke about ‘imagineering’ creative classroom experiences to make learning fun, relevant, active and real for all learners, which is essentially what we try to do daily. It was wonderful to hear the laughter and quality discussions that took place as staff reflected on this term’s topics, with lots of ‘imagineering’ already being matched to this term’s plans.
We all feel passionate about children’s learning which often means taking risks. By not adopting something new but by making it our own through adapting what we do, is I believe, what makes our school so good.
Mrs. Hazel West